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Roy Torbert

Manager (Buildings)


Roy is a Manager within RMI’s Buildings Practice, where he specializes in university net zero efforts, project cost analyses, and renewable and efficiency finance. He has worked with leading universities and global multinationals to analyze net-zero opportunities, and deliver roadmaps to reaching carbon reduction goals. He leads RMI’s work with the General Service Administration (GSA), including GSA’s partnerships with energy service companies to retrofit the federal building stock. He performs policy review, addresses market impediments to deep energy efficiency, and contributes to RMI’s outreach efforts. Roy assisted on research and analysis for RMI’s Reinventing Fire initiative and book, and currently manages the Reinventing Fire effort.


Prior to RMI, Roy was a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington D.C., working on software implementation and strategic management projects for the Army. With Booz Allen, Roy also implemented and managed a procurement-focused software system for a Department of Defense client.

In 2008, Roy interned with the US Mission to NATO in Brussels and was responsible for armaments issues. In 2007, Roy interned with G.E. in Dubai in the Infrastructure division and worked on renewable energy, environmental regulations, and governmental policy. He has expertise collaborating with regulators, policymakers, and private industry in the United Arab Emirates and Belgium. He graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and Business Finance. He has been trained in project management, software implementation, and data analysis.

Select RMI Projects

  • Climate Neutrality at Arizona State University: Led RMI team to analyze and deliver a Climate Neutrality Action Plan for Arizona State University. Assessed opportunities and costs across ASU’s building stock, transportation infrastructure, and regional renewable energy opportunities, for the years until 2035.
  • Reinventing Fire: Performed research and analytical support for the creation of Reinventing Fire, particularly for the Buildings chapter, and natural gas predictions. Currently manage the content of Reinventing Fire, and oversee media, ongoing questions, and translations of the book.


  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Business Finance, the College of William and Mary, summa cum laude


  • Bendewald, Muldavin, and Torbert. The missing link: Transforming deep retrofits into financial assets: Corporate Real Estate Journal (2014)
  • Muldavin and Torbert, How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: Rocky Mountain Institute (2013)
  • Ardani et al. Non-Hardware Cost-Reduction Roadmap: Residential and Small Commercial Solar Photovoltaics.  NREL (2013)
  • Torbert and Tupper. Developing an Innovative Pay for Performance Program ASHRAE (2013)
  • Hodgin, Penafiel, and Torbert. Working Together for Sustainability: The RMI-BOMA Guide for Landlords and Tenants BOMA (2011)
  • Lovins, Amory et al. Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era. White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green (2011)
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